A dark carnival is approaching … and will arrive for Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo.
On Friday, Oct. 25, from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, ghouls and goblins will enjoy craft beer, fare from popular D.C. food trucks, a DJ dance party, a spooktacular costume contest, hosted by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and more. It's a wicked night of fun that would be scary to miss!
At Night of the Living Zoo 2019, all attendees will experience:
- Plenty of beer options (two drink tickets are included with each ticket)
- A dance party
- A costume contest, hosted by AAAS
- Amazing oddities and performance artists
- After-hours access to animal houses and exhibits from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In addition to the general attractions, VIP tickets include:
- VIP express check-in
- One additional drink ticket
- Exclusive takeaway gift
- Private access to the VIP bar and lounge
- Private dance party
- Complimentary food tastings from local restaurants
- Exclusive, VIP-only animal experiences and viewings
FONZ members • $30 ($35 at gate)
Non-members • $40 ($45 at gate)
All general admission tickets include two drink tickets.
FONZ members • $65 ($70 at gate)
Non-members • $90 ($95 at gate)
All VIP tickets include three drink tickets.
Tickets go on sale to FONZ members Friday, Sept. 13, and to non-members Thursday, Sept. 19. Ticket prices increase at the gate.
We encourage visitors to drink responsibly and take public transportation.
FONZ Members $15 | Non-members $25
All entrances will be open until 7 p.m. Only the Connecticut Avenue entrance will be open for vehicles after 7 p.m. Guests should park in lots B & D.
The Zoo is accessible via the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo or Cleveland Park metro station. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.
Big Bus Tours Shuttle
Throughout the evening, free Big Bus Tours will transport guests from the Woodley Park Metro Station to the Panda Plaza Bus Lot on a continuous loop from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
You must be at least 21-years-old to attend Night of the Living Zoo. A valid ID is required for admission. Babies and children will not be admitted.
In the interest of safety, the following items are prohibited:
- Weapons, and weapon-like items (hatchets, swords, baseball bats, etc.)
Food will be available to purchase at food trucks and Zoo restaurants throughout the event.
Credit cards are accepted at most food trucks, but not all.
Smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds.
Night of the Living Zoo is held rain or shine.
Ticket sales are final. No refunds.
Photographs and/or videos will be taken at this event. These images may be used for educational, editorial, and marketing purposes on our website, in the press, on print materials, and in other publications. By entering this event, you consent to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Friends of the National Zoo photographing, recording, and using your image and likeness.